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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Charles Morris, 20 July 1886

Date: July 20, 1886

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:38. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00490

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
July 20 '86

Dear Sir

I hereby give you permission to include any of my pieces you desire in your "Half Hours"1


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Charles Morris (1833–1922) was an American journalist and popular historian.

Notes:

1. Morris wrote to Whitman on July 19 requesting permission to include "Song of the Redwood-Tree" in Half-Hours with the Best American Authors, 4 vols. (1886–1887). The poem appeared with a prefatory comment upon Whitman's "lack of the spiritual element of thought" (2:489–494). [back]


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